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Well, today was finally the day to take the plunge. Performance of my laptop was WAY down, and it was time to start fresh.

It actually didn't turn out to too bad. I had two things going for me: First, we have ghost images for our laptops, and that got me quite a base - Windows XP SP2, Office 2003 all patched up, Visual Studio .NET 2003, SQL Server, etc. That was loaded in 20 minutes.

Second, I don't use my base box for most of my development - I've switched to using VPC. So, there wasn't much else I needed to get back up and running. I have two clients I'm working on and one uses BizTalk and the other is using CMS. Had I had to reload to get back in shape for them, it would have been much more difficult, but all I had to do was install Virtual PC, and I was ready to start developing again. I was back up and running in an hour! Nice.

Posted on Monday, August 1, 2005 2:49 PM | Back to top

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That is the way to do it. I myself use VMware but who cares, it's the same idea. My favorite part of it is taking my external drive home (where the images live) and writing code at home in the same VM I write in at the office. Nice and simple. I'm so hooked on it now I don't think I would survive without it.
Left by Eric Hammersley on Aug 02, 2005 2:15 AM

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Eric, have you used VPC? If so, how does it compare to VMWare? I have a free copy of VMWare, and have wanted to see how it works, but finding the time is difficult. Also, I'm not sure I want to go through the process to move all of my VPC images over to VMWare!
Left by Joel Ross on Aug 02, 2005 2:34 AM

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I'm falling in love with Virtual PC too. I used to be the "cloned image" master, but even cloned images have their issues.

VPC wipes a lot of those shortcomings away! In addition, since laptop hd's are kinda slow, I use an external HD via firewire... perf is just as good as a desktop machine, and when I'm ready to "go mobile", I just copy the VHD files to the laptop and "limp along" :-)
Left by Eric Newton on Aug 02, 2005 3:41 PM

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